What is RSL Life Care? Find out
Paul-Christie | RSL LifeCare - provide care and service to war veterans, retirement villages and accommodation, aged care services and assisted living
July 01, 2019

Paying homage

Mondo Rock bassist Paul Christie has played on stages around the world, performing to thousands as a member of Australian rock music’s elite.

But what might seem like an exciting life to most is, to Paul, effectively, a job.

Another of his heart’s pursuits lies closer to home, at “The War Vets” in Narrabeen, otherwise known as RSL ANZAC Village. Here he holds great admiration for some residents who, as younger men and women, had a much more crucial job of their own to undertake.

My life has been the complete opposite,” he said. “A soldier has to defend and, at times, terminate other people’s lives. That’s what’s required of them. My job is to enliven other people’s lives by making them feel good, by playing music.”

“I have been here (The War Vets) a number of times and each time I visit I form more and more of an emotional attachment to this place,” he said.

The reason he came to the War Vets most recently was to attend a garage sale which had been advertised in The Manly Daily. That was in 2017. It was a sale of goods belonging to Cliff Stevens.

“When we arrived a fellow greeted us,” Paul said. “We walked inside and he introduced us to a very elderly man named Cliff.

“He said that because Cliff was quite elderly they wanted to clear some space for him to comfortably dwell in his last days.”

Cliff Stevens, now deceased, had ridden the motorcycle which is on display in a cabinet in the Dugout. “I took an immediate shine to Cliff and I asked the chap if I could sit next to and speak with him,” Paul said.

Paul introduced him to his partner Jenny who also resonated with Cliff and felt for his situation.

At one point she had to go outside where she wept. “Here was a man who had served his country and he was in his final days,” he said.

He said it was a sobering experience to learn about Cliff – this young boy on a motorcycle avoiding German bullets and shells and mortars.

I have been here (The War Vets) a number of times and each time I visit I form more and more of an emotional attachment to this place,”

Paul said he was enthralled to hear stories about the despatch rider who used to deliver messages in the thick of battle.

“I often look back and think ‘you know, in my life, I’ve never really had any problems’,” he said. “Nothing like this.”

In August, Mondo Rock will take to stages in a national tour. Paul has also begun a new band called the Rhythm & Blues Spectacular.

“My life has been the complete opposite,” he said. “A soldier has to defend and, at times, terminate other people’s lives. That’s what’s required of them. My job is to enliven other people’s lives by making them feel good, by playing music.”

Paul first visited the War Vets some years earlier to see his best friend’s father, a pilot, Captain Eric Robertson.

Our being here is not because I wanted to be a soldier; I’m not on some huge crusade. But I just have so much respect for those who did go down that path.

“I feel I have a connection with the people who served and I am very proud of them.”

“My relationship with this place began with Eric but really cemented itself with Cliff,” he said.

He and Jenny have been back three times since meeting the motorcycle despatch rider, to visit other veterans and their partners.

“I was not born when there was a war I could be sent to, and I never enlisted. I took another career path.

“Our being here is not because I wanted to be a soldier; I’m not on some huge crusade. But I just have so much respect for those who did go down that path.

“I feel I have a connection with the people who served and I am very proud of them.”

Story by Rod Bennett

Blog Posts

Help for Vets in Need

Veterans’ Services

Find out more

Latest News

array(2) { [0]=> int(175) [1]=> int(41) }

Giving our nurses a voice to lead

Today, on International Nurses Day (IND) we shine a light on our nursing staff and their vital work. Our nurses are a core part of RSL...

Read more

Hugh Cunningham Gardens welcomes Australian Defence Force support

RSL LifeCare has welcomed the support of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel at Hugh Cunningham Gardens residential aged care home at Tura Beach.  The 15-person...

Read more

Construction Begins on Permanent Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre

Construction has begun on a new purpose built, state-of-the-art facility to permanently house the Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre, providing an expanded range of health and...

Read more

Today we honour Rawdon Hume “Ron” Middleton, VC.

SEVENTY nine years ago today a bomber took off from an air base in Suffolk, England. It was one of more than 200 aircraft on...

Read more

Baby Boomers to change the face of aged care for ever

Baby Boomers are set to revolutionise aged care by banging down the doors of change, according to the annual research we (RSL LifeCare) have undertaken...

Read more

Rapid Antigen Test kits now available to Aged Care providers.

The Department of Health is offering Rapid Antigen Test kits to aged care providers across NSW in high-risk Local Government Areas (LGAs). Rapid Antigen Testing...

Read more

RSL NSW members dig deep to support their fellow veterans

*This media release originally appeared on the RSL NSW website. RSL NSW veteran members have rallied to bolster life-changing support for veterans and their families...

Read more

Homes for Heroes comes home

After a two-year partnership with Wesley Mission delivering the life-changing Homes for Heroes program, RSL LifeCare Veteran Services has built its internal capabilities and is...

Read more

Veteran Employment a Focus in New South Wales

RSL LifeCare, has today announced that it is partnering with specialist career management firm, Right Management to deliver the RSL Employment Program in New South...

Read more

Riverina Veterans front and centre for RSL NSW and RSL LifeCare

RSL NSW and its partner charity RSL LifeCare have announced today that a veteran wellbeing centre will be established and operated by them in Wagga...

Read more

Aged Care Employee Day is a day to thank everyone at RSL LifeCare.

7th August is Aged Care Employee Day. This is a day for us to thank every person who works in our organisation and to acknowledge...

Read more

Download a brochure

We'll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time, we promise

Career Application Single

  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Contact Veteran Services

Are you ready to explore a new operations role with extra benefits?

Take your career in a new direction RSL LifeCare.

Search for an operations role at an RSL LifeCare Residential Aged Care facility in the Southern NSW region. Take a look at all our current positions here.

1. 100% funding on participating certifications

Undertake a participating certification through the RSL LifeCare Earn and Learn Incentive Program1 and you could be eligible to have your learning fully funded.

2. Cash bonus of up to $1000 (less income tax).

Through the RSL LifeCare Sign-on Bonus, you could be eligible for two split payments of $500 (less income tax), when you start a new role with us.

Contact Homes for Heroes today